Friday, October 2, 2015


©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2015

As summer is winding down in many places, it is still warm here in Southern Arizona. I have had such fun with the wonderful paper casting molds from AG that I just had to make a new card for a friend who loves everything “fishy”. The castings are quick to create and it just takes a few extra minutes to make extras to use for later projects.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • CP Nature’s Miniatures “Fish” (or mold of your choice)
  • Scraps of blue and white paper (think junk mail)
  • Blender, sponges & soft towels
  • Microwave, heat gun or sunny window
  • Scor-pal (LOVE the new 1/8” version)
  • Scissors
  • Die: CheeryLynn #B616 “Explore”
  • Spellbinders’ Grande Calibur II™ machine
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ and  ZipDry™ adhesive
  • Small eyed needle and variegated embroidery floss, one clear seed bead
  • Scrap of white handmade paper


  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the AG paper making kits or books to create one sheet of blue handmade paper (think card stock weight).  
  2. When the paper is dry, fold in half and tear to create two 5 ½ x 8 ½” pieces.
  3. Score and fold to create two 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards. Set one card aside for a future project.
  4. Create white slurry and cast one of more fish.  
  5. When the fish casting is dry, use the brush to apply a coat of ZipDry™. adhesive to the inside back of the casting.
  6. When the adhesive is dry, use the needle to poke tiny holes in some or all of the “dots” on the fish.
  7. Working from the back of the fish, create tiny French knots in each of the holes. Attach the seed bead to the eye area with floss or adhesive.
  8. Die cut the word “Explore” from the scrap of white handmade paper.

Assemble the card:

  1. Attach the fish to the lower portion of the card with QuickGrip™.
  2. Attach the word with ZipDry™.
  3. Add a message inside the card. Enjoy!

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